Forza Shake It Slim: a tasty way to get slim

Having been on a pretty indulgent holiday in June, July slapped me in the face with the realisation that my fitness journey had come to an abrupt stop.

I worked my butt off on the run up to my holiday and since getting home from Lanzarote, I feel like I’m bloated, my skin’s a mess and I feel like a potato (YES I SAID POTATO!)

When Forza Supplements got in touch offering me the chance to review their shake it slim shakes, I quickly took them up on said offer, looking forward to giving me a head start again with getting healthier. They sent me a 7 day supply of the shakes which come in Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry and are only 204 calories each!

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If I’m honest, I’m not a fad dieter and actually hate dieting as it makes me pretty miserable. I was a little sceptical about how I was going to get on with these shakes but decided to start with breakfast one morning and chose the sachet of Strawberry powder first. I absolutely hate Strawberry flavoured drinks so I thought I was going to have to gulp it down at first, but boy was I wrong. The drink was lovely and creamy tasting even though it’s only powder and water. It wasn’t too sweet but just sweet enough to make it feel less like a meal replacement option and more like a treat.

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After my surprise wore off I tested the other flavours again during other mealtimes and found them to be equally enjoyable and yummy every time. I have noticed my stomach is a little less bloated which is fab and I wasn’t left feeling hungry either meaning I have been snacking less too.

Here’s the lowdown on my thoughts:

Would I buy these again?

Yup, I think as a week-long option to get healthy these are fab, but it’s not a long-term solution.

How much are the shakes?

A 7 day supply like mine costs £18.99

What was my favourite flavour?

Surprisingly it was the Strawberry which completely shocked me.

I hope you’ve liked this little health/weight loss post and it has inspired you to maybe try something a little different.

Laura x

*the shakes were sent to me in exchange for an open and honest review. all thoughts are my own as usual.*

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Kazan Japones Lanzarote: An Japanese Food Experience

During my what seemed like never-ending blog break, Rob and I ventured to Lanzarote for an incredible 2 week holiday. I’ve never been to the Island before and Rob last went as a kid, but we decided to take our chances and book a 2 week half Board break to Hotel Volcan, Playa Blanca.

As we went with Thomas Cook, we had the option of the buffet every evening for dinner and twice a week at one of their a la carte restaurants including a Japanese restaurant. Kazan Japones is located near the hotel reception and could be accessed by a staircase near to all the rooms as well.

In true Lanzarote style, the building is white and has the most fantastic views over the marina, and inside you could find a teppanyaki station and plenty of tables dotted around the windows for the views.

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See what I mean, the view is to die for!

As it’s part of the half board option we had 4 set menus to choose from which included 5 dishes each. Rob decided to go for the Duck menu and I chose the Fish.

We started with a seaweed salad which annoyingly I forgot to photograph before munching, but it was incredibly flavoured with ginger and soy and had shredded carrots and other veggies through it as well.

Next up was a Miso soup which again was super yummy and packed with flavours.

Finally we came to the Tempura and sushi which don’t worry, we remembered to photograph (sometimes we are too greedy)…

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Both dishes were amazing. The sushi was simple but had wasabi and ginger with soy as well which put together, tastes awesome. The tempura included a huge king prawn and a selection of veggies including sweet potato and peppers. It was a pleasant surprise having tempura veggies and even Rob was impressed which I didn’t expect him to be with the veggie options so much.

Onto the mains and Rob had a duck dish and I chose the fish. Both came with a pyramid of rice and were seasoned to utter perfection. Neither of us go for Japanese food very often but we absolutely love it and all of the dishes here were exceptional.

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I’ve snuck a little photo in of the fiance there, I’m sure he will be over the moon. (haha)

Last up was pudding and we were pretty full at this point but we decided to try them anyway. I opted for the fried banana’s whilst Rob chose ice cream. I decided not to take a photo of his ice cream as it looked like any other ice cream but he did say it tasted fantastic.

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Overall we were really impressed with the Japanese restaurant as part of the hotel. You can go to the restaurant even if you don’t stay at the hotel and unfortunately as it’s location is right next to it, it can be a bit tucked away which makes it a hidden gem in my opinion. The food is lovely and the staff are very efficient at bringing courses out and not leaving you long between courses either.

We intend to go back to Lanzarote whenever we can even if it’s a week here or there and Kazan will be firmly on our list to visit again in future. If you are venturing to Playa Blanca then make your way to this fab eatery.

Laura x

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How I got the hydration back into my skin

I can’t count how many times I’ve looked in the mirror and thought my skin looked dry or even the complete opposite; and it looked oily and shiny. I’ve had numerous skin tests and patch tests and every single time, I’m told my skin needs more hydration!

Well aside from drinking tons of water every day and visiting the lavatory on numerous occasions, I decided to try out something different in the form of Regime London Coconut Quench Supplements.

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When they landed on my doorstep, it was perfect timing as I was due to go on holiday and my skin had been riddled with spots and unevenness for the weeks leading up to it. The supplements are made up of coconut water extract and hyaluronic acid. Each capsule contains the equivalent of 4000mg of fresh coconut water and a high strength dose of hyaluronic acid to increase the moisture content of the skin.

I started taking them once a day and carried on even when I got back from my holidays to try the full 30 day pack out to its fullest. So did I notice a difference?

BEFORE STARTING MY 30 DAY TRIAL…

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AFTER FINISHING MY 30 DAY TRIAL…

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As you can see the sun brought out my freckles but aside from this, I have noticed a massive difference with my skin. I’m not getting many blemishes which is incredible as it really gets me down sometimes. My skin is plumper looking and more even meaning I’m not wearing foundation to work either!!! A first for me in my whole working life.

These capsules retail for £19.99 and for the price I think they are absolutely worth the penny for the 30 day trial you get. I get married next Spring and will be trying to keep my skin in tip-top condition so these capsules are firmly on my purchase list to make sure I have a clear complexion on our big day.

I hope this has been useful to some of you, especially if you need a skincare boost like I sometimes do.

Laura x

*these supplements were sent to me in exchange for an open and honest review, as always all opinions and findings are my own*

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